Do British comics have a "Batman-like" character?

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Do British comics have a "Batman-like" character?

Post by MajorHoy on Wed Jul 30, 2014 3:09 am

Just curious . . . with Batman seeming to be one of the most popular comic book characters these days, do British comic books have any equivalent version of a non-powered masked hero that fights crime and dresses as a creature of the night?

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Re: Do British comics have a "Batman-like" character?

Post by tony ingram on Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:45 am

We've had several (well, non powered vigilantes, not necessarily "creatures of the night"), but none as successful. Britain doesn't really do superheroes the way America does; in fact, pretty much no other country does. British comics have a long tradition of masked vigilantes with gadgets, like King Cobra or X-Bow, or kid crimefighters like Billy the Cat, but they've never attained the public recognition of a Dan Dare, a Desperate Dan or a Judge Dredd. The closest to Batman might be The Spider, a now almost forgotten but in the sixties hugely popular character who appeared in Valiant.

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Re: Do British comics have a "Batman-like" character?

Post by Lucy McGough on Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:57 am

Captain Britain would never sneak around in the middle of the night wearing dark clothes. It wouldn't be cricket.

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Re: Do British comics have a "Batman-like" character?

Post by Philip K Ditko on Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:09 pm

The Spider was a great character, but he was a villain not a hero.

 
Does anyone remember Lew Stringer's Brickman?



 
Or Birdman and Chicken from Krazy

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Re: Do British comics have a "Batman-like" character?

Post by MajorHoy on Thu Jul 31, 2014 1:19 am

Philip K Ditko wrote:Does anyone remember Lew Stringer's Brickman?
I take it that was an example of a brickbat?  Wink 

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Re: Do British comics have a "Batman-like" character?

Post by tony ingram on Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:51 am

Philip K Ditko wrote:The Spider was a great character, but he was a villain not a hero.
 
He was actually both. He started out as a crook, then became a crimefighter later, apparently just for the hell of it. A lot of his adventures were written by a jobbing American writer called Jerry Siegel. I'm not sure if he ever did any other comics related work.

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Re: Do British comics have a "Batman-like" character?

Post by Lucy McGough on Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:54 am

I like Brickman Very Happy

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